Mumbai, Feb 24 (UNI) The Hercules National Stage cycle race to begin in Maharashtra from February 26 will mark the end of the cycling season in the country.
The six-day event will test the endurance skills, stamina and spirit of participants over a gruelling distance of 513 km in five days.
Like earlier years, this year too, Hercules would sponsor the event, a release issued here said.
The event will be flagged-off from Nerul in Navi Mumbai from where the cyclists will pass through Khandala, Pimpri, Ahmednagar, Manchar and then finish back at Pimpri.
Over 170 of India's best cyclists are expected to challenge each other to win the coveted title.
TI Cycles vice president (sales and marketing) Mohit Khattar said, ''This is perhaps the toughest and most challenging cycling event in India and an ultimate test of endurance, resilience, stamina and speed of the participants. Hercules is proud to be sponsoring events like these that provide lots of thrill, adventure and an edge-of-the-seat excitement.'' Programme of race: Feb 25: Arrival of cyclists Feb 26: Nerul circuit (7 laps with each lap being 7 km) for time and position classification Feb 27: Start of race; flag-off from Nerul Stage I: 106 km - Nerul to Khandala; Khandala to Pimpri; prize distribution for the stage; night stay at Pimpri Feb 28: Flag-off from Pimpri; 5-6 km of neutral zone (warm-up for cyclists) Stage II: 136 km; Pimpri to Ahmednagar; prize distribution for the stage; night stay at Ahmednagar Mar 1: Flag-off from Ahmednagar; Stage III: Ahmednagar to Manchar - 142 km; prize distribution for the stage; night stay at Manchar Mar 2: Flag-off from Manchar Stage IV: Manchar to Chinchwad - 80 km Final prize distribution at Chinchwad UNI GS GK SC RK1613